Hands On  Science for kids  OR  is it just Theory?

So, do your kids love science books? If so, great! If not, well it may have something to do with interaction, and when I mean ‘interaction, I’m referring to hands on science fun. From the minute your child took his first steps, would be equivalent, in their eyes, like Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon. Have you found the remote yet? We’ve all been there. We know one thing for sure what kids love to do, other than to test our patience at times – is to explore and, occasionally break things. Most of the time, as parents we’d be annoyed about an expensive birthday toy your child has just broken in minutes to the hours you’ve spent at work to earn the money to buy them; but is it really their fault and toy manufacturer? Well, neither one.

The toy manufacturer made something that took an interest with your child in the first place, and the destruction of that toy? Well, at times this is a sign that your child is exploring. How? What, and Why? Right inside their minds are the millions of tiny neurons firing these synaptic signals of ‘how that planes, why doesn’t it fly when I pull off those wings, and hey! It’s now a rocket ship! Now, what can I do to make it fly better? Faster?

This is exactly what happened when my little boy took one of my model air-fix planes and threw it right out of the office window and to its dismay into the street below – no injuries to the passer-by, I might add. Now, as many aviation loving parents, they’d be kind of annoyed, but I stepped back and watched how he was puzzled in its inability to fly, then very quickly, I might add, raced forward as he had that ‘glint’ in his eyes to pick up another one from my office desk! I learned something amazing about his ability to really explore – and that on its own was amazing! Later in life, he grew up to continue with high flying grades.

As parents, we know kids learn and have a greater understanding of the world around them through hands-on interaction. As babies, one of the first skills we learn real fast is to ‘hold’. They master that skill later in life and in time they turn their attention to visual based stimuli or books with little to no interaction. Soon that ability to really understand what they’re trying to understand is lost, because the sensation to get a good ‘feel’ is lost too.

We need a balance.

I as many other parents have noticed teaching science is losing its ‘edge’ when it comes to engaging children into the fascinating world of science.  Kids love to explore, so why take it away? Is it a combination of the lack of financial resources within Educational Institutions, and the greater concerns of hidden dangers in child safety? Marie Curie’s quoted, ‘Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less’.

This quote couldn’t be any closer to the truth when it comes to getting schools to confidently get their pupils to perform more hands-on experiments, without the fears of child safety.

 

Do you think your kids find science more interesting with hands on science activity?

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Oliver and Wilber Wright specialised in bicycles, and it wasn’t long before they took their interests into aviation technology. Initially, with little knowledge but a huge imagination, they began to study aerodynamics in a practical sense, alongside the theory of wing structure and aviation.

They challenged the greatest minds of their time taking their ideas with more imagination and inspiration by looking at the flight of birds. As a result, on September 23, 1902, in a light breeze at Kitty Hawk, their plane successfully took the first steps towards modern-day aviation. Sad thing was, there weren’t enough people at that time to actually witness the fight of this greatest event of our time. There quote: “It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill. Their knowledge came from the existing data, and the data they created through their own hands-on experimentation. That was the skill.

Now; What I’ve experienced is that teaching hands on science books alongside theory, within the classroom environment, my student’s grades have made a noticeable difference. It seems to make more sense that we endorse this combination of practical and theory to allow the level of the senses to be heightened. 

I can only conclude that the introduction of more practical and theoretical science books, kids will become more inspired and keen to learn even more. I’ve found subconscious learning to be the best way to experience science. Additionally, We can easily find resources that have a good balance of affordability, practically effective and safe with the STEM-based attitude of learning with fun.

After all, if we don’t, we’ll continue working with one eye closed and destroy the real understanding of what we set out to do in the first place.

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21 Comments

  1. aneeta awan

    Great read, whole family enjoyed making the kit. Definitely will get the next ones.

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    • Ted's Books Team

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    • Sam

      Hopefully this can encourage kids to explore, wish I had something like this when I was this age!

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  2. Linda Marshall

    Blog: very interesting for young minds.

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    • Val Day

      Its very good for the children doing practical helps better with the learning in the classroom.

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  3. Eliza

    Learning in classrooms hasn’t changed for years especially for the younger learners. The author has recognised and brought science back to life. Its worth the investment and cant wait to see them in classrooms.

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    • Michelle

      It’s a great way to deliver science and engage the young mind.

      I’m sure the kids enjoy this new approach to learning and the schools have benefitted in this new updated model to learning.

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  4. K.Sharma

    Hey, great blog! Hands on science definitely outweighs theory. However, what i have found is that schools do lack resources because of funding. It’s such a shame because i love practical science and that is something i miss the most. This book is absolutely awesome, please send me more details.

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    • ejgje

      Thank you K. Sharma!
      Yes, you’re right! Lack of resources within schools is one important factor, and it’s such a shame as kids love hands on science ad theory combined. Our objective is also to introduce hands on science within homes and schools too! Guess, just to cheer you up – you’ve been entered to the FREE draw for a children’s science party! Keep us posted and share this article!

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  5. Zade Alkhabaz

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    • Payam - Student @ Imperial London

      The work that Gizmos are doing is nothing shy of amazing! Forcing children into the avenue of science is never a sustainable solution. Instead Gizmos have innovated an engaging method to really invest children into science. This way they build a true love for the subject and become addicted! The most successful scientists of the past all found their own love for through exploration and creativity – this is what we must encourage modern day kids to do too.

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  6. Kirsty Ballinger

    This is a really interesting blog and the new products look great. My daughter is fascinated by experiments and practical science after attending a couple of Gizmos Lab parties. I truly believe we learn better with hands on learning and will be keeping an eye on future blogs and products to keep my little scientist amused.

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    • Ted's Books Team

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  7. Trudy

    What a great resource. The joy of science is it’s usefulness which can sometimes get lost in the classroom. And as a parent it’s difficult to know what our kids are covering and at what level we should engage with them. This fills the gap.

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  8. Payam (Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine)

    The work that Gizmos are doing is nothing shy of amazing! They have realised that forcing a child to follow the avenue of science is never a sustainable solution. Instead, Gizmos have innovated an engaging method to really invest children into science. This way they build a true love for the subject and become addicted! The most successful scientists of the past all found their own desire for science through personal exploration and creativity – this is what we should promote in the children of the modern-day too.

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  9. Keri

    Just showed this to my son, he can’t wait to get the book. Will be ordering very soon

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  10. Alwyn

    Science lessons in primary schools are often extremely uninspiring and to be quite frank, boring because teachers are generally not good science communicators. The equipment can be poorly maintained and much of the lesson can be wasted trying to find working batteries. These books and kits really are a breath of fresh air. The stories not only lead the child through the experiment well but are really engaging and will inspire children to be curious, to try things, to make mistakes and try again. The books link in to other areas of the curriculum and deal with difficult topics such as bullying and relationships. I hope that schools will see the benefit of these books and use them in science lessons but also that parents will also see the benefits of using them at home to spark curiosity in their children. My daughter loves Gizmo’s science clubs and has a big box of past experiments, from rocket cars to a mini hoover. I think these books will bring some of that enthusiasm to the classroom and home.

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